Tuesday, December 15, 2015
First, the Bear is pleased that we were able to discuss the New Jew View document in a responsible manner, more or less. The Bear is only responsible for his own comments. He believes people should have their say, so has only ever moderated one comment.
The Bear has noticed that Pope Francis' amen corner has talked about celebrating the Year of Mercy by giving up sarcasm. ("Did you know it means to strip the flesh off?") It goes without saying that any other form of hurtful speech is banned. In fact, just avoid any criticism at all.
The Bear might suspect this constant monitoring by speech nannies is designed to chill discussion altogether, except for happy thoughts about the Church of Mercy. (That was sarcasm. Not particularly elegant, but effective in small doses.)
The Bear reserves the right to employ whatever kind of speech that most effectively communicates his ideas and entertains the masses. If, as the Bear learned in law school, a person may be prosecuted for shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater when there is no fire, surely one is more derelict in failing to shout "fire!" when the theater really is burning down.
Parody, agitprop, metonymy, hyperbole, metaphor, sarcasm, understatement, spoonerisms, and good old fashioned Bear show patter all have their place under the Big Top that is St. Corbinian's Bear's Blog.
Don't let them cow you for a second. These are mublic patters by fublic pigures, indeed figures whose chief delight seems to be saying all manner of curious things to the public. Public comment is fair, and every medium has its own idiom. Blogging should be responsible, but it should not be taken for a newspaper, or a television show, or any other relic. Entertaining and informative blogs will thrive, and no amount of pumping sunshine up the others will garner anything but a conspiracy of cows.
Further the Bear saith not.
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